CFHS code : AS35

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARIANNE wife of HJ BROWN d Feb 26 [1888] age 73 also HENRY JAMES BROWN her husband d Feb 3 1892 age 75 also MARYANNE SOPHIA BROWN eldest daughter of HENRY JAMES BROWN d Dec 18 1920 age 81 reverse In Affectionate Remembrance of SARAH STEVENS third daughter of Mr HJ BROWN d July 18 1875 age 29 also of ALICE AMELIA BROWN d Oct 11 1880 age 27 also CHARLES JAMES BROWN d May 15 [1887] age 27

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Brown and Stevens headstone 2018

Monument

Located to the west of the central path in the parish of Andrew the Less.
This headstone was damaged in 2019 and has now fallen and broken.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of MARIANNE wife of HJ BROWN d Feb 26 [1888] age 73

Also HENRY JAMES BROWN her husband d Feb 3 1892 age 75

Also MARYANNE SOPHIA BROWN eldest daughter of HENRY JAMES BROWN d Dec 18 1920 age 81

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In Affectionate Remembrance of SARAH STEVENS third daughter of Mr HJ BROWN d July 18 1875 age 29

Also of ALICE AMELIA BROWN Who died Oct 11 1880 age 27 years

Also CHARLES JAMES BROWN died May 15 [1887] age 27

Marianne Brown (née Wonfor) (1815 – 26 February 1888)

Marianne was the daughter of William and Mary Ann and was born in Bedfordshire.  She was baptised in Chesterton on 14 September 1815 and married Henry Brown in 1837. Henry was an organist/teacher of music and the couple had at least ten children: Henry William (1838-), Marianne Sophia (1841-1920), Harriett Jane (1841-1923), Sarah (1846-1875), Caroline (1847-), Emma (1849-), Alice Amelia (1851-1880), Mary (1853-), Arthur (1856-) and Charles James (1859-1887).

The family lived at Millers Lane (1841), 25 New Square (1851), 12 Downing Street (at least 1858-1863) and then 19 Trinity Street.  It is believed that Marianne died at Trinity Street aged 73 years old.

Henry James Brown (1817 –  3 February 1892)

Henry was born in Cambridge and taught music as well as playing the organ.  In 1858 he was living at Downing Street and advertised extensively in local newspapers: ‘Pianofores – Mr H. Brown. Organist, 12 Downing Street, Cambridge begs to announce that he has sseveral Pianofortes for sale or hire. These instruments having been selected by himself can be confidently recommended.’

Henry was organist of Jesus College and in May 1863 took part in the ceremoney to ‘lay the East Corner stone…of the new church, Jesus Lane’.  Lady Affleck laid the stone and was accompanies by the Masters of Trinity College, St. John’s College and Jesus College as well as the architest G.F. Bodley and the Lord Bishop of Melbourne.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘the choir was composed of members of the choirs of St. John’s, Clare and Jesus Colleges and some members of the University and conducted by Mr. Henry Brown’.

After he was widowed he continued to live at 19 Trinity Street with daughter Marianne and general servant Lizzie Downham (1891). On the census record he was documented as being a retired organist and he died at home aged  75 years old.

Maryanne Sophia Brown (1839 – 18 December 1920)

Maryanne worked as a governess/school mistress. Aged 21 she was working in Stretham, north of Cambridge and teaching the six children of farmer Jonathan Fison.   In 1871 she was living at 22/23 Trinity Street and was teaching the children of tailor Henry Ransom. She then moved back to live with her parents at 19 Trinity Street (1881/1891) and later ran a Lodging House from 19 Bateman Street (1911). Maryanne died aged 81 years old.

Sarah Stevens (1846 –  18 July 1875)

Sarah married farmer Edward Stevens (1846-) on 24 July 1868 at St. Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch.  On the marriage records she is documented as being a governess.  Edward was from Watton, but the couple returned to live  in Cambridge and in 1871 were living at 19 Trinity Street with her parents.  She died aged 29 years old at Trinity Street.

Alice Amelia Brown (1853 – 11 October 1880)

Alice died aged 27 years old.

Charles James Brown (1859 – 15 May 1887)

Charles was the youngest child of Henry and Marianne and was baptised on 7 October 1859 at St. Andrew the Great Church.  He died at Trinity Street aged 27 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Alice Amelia Brown; Charles James Brown; Henry James Brown; Marianne Brown; Maryanne Sophia Brown; Sarah Stevens